Employer Mentoring Programme

The Employer Mentoring Programme is organised for eligible Plymouth University students to promote diversity in the workplace and to raise career aspirations and achievement.

The programme offers students the opportunity to meet with an experienced professional relevant to the student's career aspirations, who will mentor them over a six month period.

How will I benefit from the Employer Mentoring Programme?

It will give you the opportunity to:

  • receive advice on and clarify your career ideas
  • increase your understanding of your mentor’s job role
  • develop and improve your employability skills
  • develop your professional network
  • gain an insight into your chosen career area
  • have your questions about diversity in the workplace addressed honestly and confidentially.
Find out more in our Employer Mentoring Handbook 

What will it involve?

The Employer Mentoring Programme takes place from October to April. Once enrolled in the programme, students will be required to:

  • attend an introductory training session
  • commit to a minimum of six meetings, these are flexible, and are arranged around the mentor’s and mentee’s schedule. Meetings take place once a month and last for one hour. They can be conducted face to face or via email, phone, Skype etc. 
  • be proactive in arranging meetings as well as preparing the meetings
  • complete a Monthly Meetings Feedback Sheet following each meeting so we are able to follow your progress
  • attend the Employer Mentoring Celebration Event which concludes the event in April. This event brings students and mentors together to celebrate achievements and share experiences and feedback. 

Am I eligible to apply?

There are 70 places available for the 2017-18 programme – to be eligible to apply you must:

  • be registered with Plymouth University as a student with a disability; or as a care leaver; or a black, Asian or minority ethnic student
  • have careers, industry, networking or other questions that a mentor could assist you with to help boost your confidence and clarify career ideas
  • be aware it is a six month programme which you are prepared to fully commit to and work around the busier times of your course and your mentor’s schedule.

The Employer Mentoring Programme for 2017-18 is open to student applications! To apply please complete the online student application form. The deadline for applications is 7 October 2017.

Or contact us at mentoring.careers@plymouth.ac.uk / +44 1752 582004.


Employer mentors

How will I benefit from the programme?

Mentoring undergraduate students at a local university is a rewarding experience.  In addition to working with someone who is hoping to gain an insight into your career area, you will have the opportunity to:

  • develop your coaching skills
  • refresh your own view of work
  • develop undergraduates’ interest in your sector and your business 
  • develop your reflective learning
  • act as a positive role model 
  • increase your awareness of diversity issues             

How can I become an employer mentor?

We are always looking for enthusiastic mentors who would like to take part in this mutually beneficial programme.  We accept applicants from any job position in any industry, and previous mentoring experience is not necessary.  Full training is given prior to meeting your student mentee, and support is available from University staff along the way.

If this opportunity would be of interest to you or one of your colleagues, please fill out the online mentor application form or contact one of our team for further information.

If you require the form in an alternative format, please contact us.

Employer Mentoring Programme

Find out more about the benefits of the Employer Mentoring Programme by watching our video